Evening Report: August 8

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Theo Walcott is relishing the chance to test himself against Manchester City in Arsenal's final pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The England international has enjoyed good preparation to the new Premier League campaign, and will turn out against Manuel Pellegrini's side in Helsinki this weekend.

Jose Mourinho shrugged off Chelsea's defeat to Real Madrid as "not a drama" and admits he was pleased to see his side make mistakes as it means they can correct them ahead of the new season.

Chelsea slumped to their first defeat of pre-season as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to earn Madrid a 3-1 win in the International Champions Cup final in Miami.

Mexican youth international Kevin Ramirez has been handed a trial by Manchester City.

The 15-year-old is already in England, featuring in the prestigious Manchester United Premier Cup with his club side Chivas. 

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has announced his retirement from football on his 35th birthday.

Saha, who was capped 20 times for France, arrived in English football in 1999, and spent four years at Old Trafford following a £12.8million move from Fulham.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he has been in touch with former club Tottenham about striker Jermain Defoe.

Spurs are prepared to listen to bids for the England international, but Redknapp admits he is struggling to bring him to Loftus Road.

And finally, Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has denied any knowledge of a move for Chelsea defender David Luiz.

The Catalan club had been linked with a bid in excess of £30million for the Brazilian, but Martino remained tight-lipped about any possible transfer.

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